Minority groups don’t deserve the advantages they get and majority groups have done nothing to be stuck with the disadvantages that they have to work around. All of this leads to the same point: affirmative action should be phased out. Although affirmative action was originally instituted for very important reasons – to ensure diversity in universities and workplaces as a remediation for historically disadvantaged groups – the benefits of affirmative action are outweighed by the injustice it causes and its ineffectiveness to accommodate today’s needs for all ethnic groups. According to Reshetnivov, affirmative action is the means of considering underrepresented characteristics, such as race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, to determine admission into a university (Reshetnivov). Affirmative action policies were instituted not only to ensure diversity, but to right the wrong of decades of discrimination and to help minorities by giving them extra opportunities (Messerli).
Affirmative Action Few social policy issues have served as a better gauge of racial and ethnic divisions among the American people than affirmative action. Affirmative action is a term referring to laws and social policies intended to alleviate discrimination that limits opportunities for a variety of groups in various social institutions. Supporters and opponents of affirmative action are passionate about their beliefs, and attack the opposing viewpoints relentlessly. Advocates believe it overcomes discrimination, gives qualified minorities a chance to compete on equal footing with whites, and provides them with the same opportunities. Opponents charge that affirmative action places unskilled minorities in positions they are not qualified for and violates the Fourteenth Amendment.
The affirmative action program is important because it gives job opportunities for many people regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, and national origin. The work force should be well represented by the different ethnic backgrounds of our society. Some people look at affirmative action as reverse discrimination, but this program doesn’t guarantee employment based on race, ethnicity, or gender. The affirmative action program gives equal consideration to individuals from a different race, ethnicity, or gender, but not one of these factors may be the only factor used to determine an individual’s qualifications for any job. The biggest dispute of the program is the belief that the policy allows less qualified candidates to progress due to different standards for minorities and non-minorities.
Like myself, many other African Americans believe this policy is one the most effective strategies for helping underrepresented minority groups gain access to education and employment. However, critics of affirmative action believe this kind of reform does an injustice to the idea of merit. Though no one can deny minorities and women have made significant steps towards autonomy and equality in America, there are still wide educational and economic disparities between minority groups and white males. While the issues and controversies surrounding race can not be resolved easily, the question remains: Do we still need affirmative action in America? I say yes, affirmative action was and is needed to help prevent unfairness caused by discrimination in America.
This paper will analyze Affirmative Action and determine its appropriateness in today’s society. Literature Review As stated above, affirmative action promotes reverse discrimination. Basically reverse discrimination is the condition under which there is preferential treatment of one group (minorities and women) over another group, rather than equal opportunity. Giving the job positions to less qualified candidates is favoritism; this harms those who should be obtaining the job position. A dedicated person who worked hard his or her whole life could lose a position to a minority that slipped into the position undeservingly.
Assumption and Audience The assumption for this paper will appeal to employees who do not qualify for Affirmative action, as well as employers and minorities. Employees not qualifying for... ... middle of paper ... ...ometimes even more determined to achieve their goals. Individuals of any race should not use or misuse the color of their skin or sexual orientation for advancing themselves over others. Instead by using their talents, knowledge and sense of fairness to achieve their goals, affirmative action will become outdated. Works Cited Page Affirmative Action: Part 1 Enforcing Equality, " An Affirmative Action Primer", The Virginia Pilot.
They think that giving everyone equal rights is not enough to overcome the burden. Therefore, for everyone to be truly equal some people must be given certain benefits. So in hiring, acceptance to college, and other related things, businesses or colleges must hire or accept applicants on the basis of sex and race. In doing so they should give preference to blacks, women, and other minorities. This preference in hiring and accepting to level out the playing field is often called equality of results.
It claims to promote equality when all it really does is create more social gaps and hard feelings between different social groups within our society. Affirmative Action?s practices contradict its own opinions. It?s trying to justify the theory that two wrongs make a right. Affirmative Action seems to have done more harm than good and merely add to discrimination and conflict rather than solving past problems. While Affirmative Action may have at one time served a useful purpose it seems to no longer be productive and is merely a negative system creating further problems.
Improper interference with the ability of Improving Families Network employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Affirmative action is Employee hiring and promotion policy that takes a proactive approach to removing prejudices against promoting and recruiting minorities, and other under-represented groups of the society. An Affirmative Action plan, or program, ensures equal employment opportunity by institutionalizing the commitment to equality in every aspect of the employment process. As a part of its Affirmative Action Plan, a contractor monitors and examines its employment decisions and compensation systems to evaluate the impact of those systems on women and minorities. An Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) is intended to promote opportunities of defined minority gro... ... middle of paper ... ...physically handicapped employees closer to the exits so they are better enabled to escape in the event of an emergency.
Affirmative action came as a result of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and was brought into existence in order to help distribute equal opportunities for those who were minorities and females in the workplace and in Academia ("Affirmative Action: Overview."). President John F. Kennedy was the very first person to use the term, “affirmative action”, in 1961 ("Affirmative Action: Overview."). This came in an executive order that required government contractors to take measures to make sure that applicants are employed without prejudice and that those employees are not treated unfairly because of their race, religion, color, or worldly origin ("Affirmative Action: Overview."). President Kennedy also created the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity which is now known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC ("Affirmative Action: Overview."). The affirmative action policies originally focused on increasing opportunities for African Americans in higher education and the work force ("Affirmative Action: Overview.").